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Alamo Drafthouse Celebrates Selena’s birth month, Khalid’s second album and More in April

From Shazam to Selena to Khalid, Alamo Drafthouse Cinema Montecillo has a busy April planned for movie and music fans alike.

Khalid Mania is spreading across the country as anticipation for the pop sensation’s upcoming second album builds, and that love of all things Khalid originated right here in his hometown.

Alamo Drafthouse Cinema Montecillo is here to help spread Khalid Mania with exclusive screenings of KHALID: FREE SPIRIT, a companion film celebrating the multi-platinum singer’s upcoming sophomore album, “Free Spirit.”

Also in April at Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, check out special screenings of beloved favorites from Japan’s Studio Ghibli, including PROCO ROSO, SPIRITED AWAY and MY NEIGHBOR TOTORO.  There’s also all-you-can-eat cereal during the SHAZAM! Cereal Party and don’t miss screenings of PRETTY IN PINK and FAST FIVE.

As if that’s not enough to make your heart go “Bidi Bidi Bom Bom,” Alamo Drafthouse Cinema Montecillo will celebrate the Queen of Tejano music, Selena Quintania-Perez, with the annual SELENA Movie Parties to commemorate her birth month.

The parties will feature sing-alongs and a custom pre-show with her music videos, interviews and more.

Last but not least, grab your tickets now as we welcome a live guest appearance from actress Lynn Lowry for a special screening of director George A. Romero’s cult classic THE CRAZIES, along with our friends from El Paso Comic Con.

To buy tickets, go online.


PORCO ROSO (with subtitles)

Monday, April 1 – 7:30 pm

This month, we’re showcasing several of Studio Ghibli’s classic tales of magic, wonder, and human connection with DISPATCHES FROM THE DREAM FACTORY. Check out what else we have in store here. First up is PORCO ROSSO.

Though he was once one of the best pilots in the Italian Air Force during WWI, Porco Rosso, a man-like pig, now makes his living as a freelance bounty hunter, often fending off attacks from a gang of air pirates. Porco is typically victorious when battling the air pirates, but a visiting American pilot named Donald Curtis challenges Porco in an airborne skirmish that causes him to crash far from home.



Monday, April 1 – 7:15 pm

The documentary follows legendary Fleetwood Mac singer Stevie Nicks as she begins writing and recording her first solo album in nearly a decade.


Champagne Cinema: PRETTY IN PINK

Tuesday, April 2 – 7:30 pm

Wear pink and come raise a glass with us (or two… or three) to surviving teenage suck-dom with our themed cocktail menu. As far as we’re concerned, PRETTY IN PINK is the definitive guide to the classification of high school boys.

Sure, fashion and hairstyles have changed (was Andrew McCarthy’s hair ever cool?), but the universal truth of the film remains: if you’re a teenage dude, you’re either a Duckie or a Blane. Fortunately, PRETTY IN PINK channels that suck-age through Molly Ringwald, light of our lives, and wraps it all up in a fabulous ’80s package.

The music! Iona’s wardrobe! Iona’s hair! James Spader! The prom dress! Ok, well, not so much the prom dress. Slip on your finest pink ensemble (bonus points if you sew it yourself) and start practicing your Otis Redding lip synch routine now!



Wednesday, April 3

7 pm; 7:15 pm; 9:50 pm

FREE SPIRIT is an exclusive celebration of the highly anticipated new album by El Paso’s own pop sensation Khalid. Multi-platinum award winning global superstar Khalid celebrates the upcoming release of his highly anticipated sophomore album “Free Spirit” with a special companion short film, which will be screened as a one-night event in movie theaters worldwide.

This special fan event will include the big screen premiere of “Free Spirit” followed by an exclusive early listen of the album. FREE SPIRIT is a short film conceived and created by Khalid and Emil Nava. It’s a direct creative parallel to his new album, using the new music to tell the stories of the beauty and the pain of growing up as Khalid has always done in his work.

The event night will begin with a special intro to fans, followed by the screening and will conclude with the album listening featuring never-before seen commentary from Khalid.


Film Club: Carpernaum

Wednesday, April 3 – 7:30 pm

Nadine Labaki’s Cannes Jury Prize-winner arrives at last. Acclaimed Lebanese director Nadine Labaki (CAMEL) won Cannes 2018’s jury prize for her ambitious, sweeping portrait of life on the edge of society, CAPERNAUM. Starring non-professional actors, CAPERNAUM is the tale of an angry young boy named Zain (Zain Al Rafeea) fighting to get by. The Village Voice’s Bilge Ebiri calls it “gripping.”



Premieres Thursday, April 4

Like a combination between SUPERMAN and BIG, SHAZAM! is a goofy, lovable, family-friendly twist on the superhero genre. It’s a refreshing reminder that as much as we love watching films about dark, brooding, morally compromised crusaders; comic book films can also be bright, bold, and just plain fun.

In the film, a mysterious being chooses foster kid Billy Batson (Asher Angel) as a vessel for its extraordinary powers. When Billy says this being’s name, he transforms from a 14 year-old boy into the grown-up superhero Shazam (Zachary Levi, THOR: RAGNAROK). SHAZAM! manages to give us something we haven’t seen from superhero cinema in far too long – a funny, action-packed adventure film that the whole family will love.


Alamo Encore: CLUE Movie Party

Friday, April 5; Tuesday, April 9; Thursday, April 11

7:30 pm

Mr. Boddy personally invites you to a killer party. A mysterious invitation brings six strangers to a secluded mansion for an unconventional dinner party where each guest receives a pseudonym. As they learn more about their host, Mr. Boddy (Lee Ving, FLASHDANCE), via his butler, Wadsworth (Tim Curry, THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW), the group quickly realizes that Boddy has a devious plan in mind for all of them. And that’s when people start to die.

And because this is a Movie Party, we’ll provide you with fun props like a flashlight, cap revolver, and all sorts of blunt objects (that you didn’t realize were weapons until your mom had to explain that you can actually kill anyone with basically anything) so that you can get in on all the murderous mayhem (note: please don’t murder anybody). You’ll have so much fun, you’ll feel fl– flame– flames! On the side of your face!


SHAZAM! Cereal Party

Saturday, April 6 – 10 am

Your ticket includes an all-you-can-eat cereal buffet, which is available throughout the entire film. Pajamas are encouraged! Initially created as a Superman knockoff called Captain Marvel (it’s a long story), Shazam was the most popular comic book character of the 1940s. And it’s easy to see why – the premise is perfect for kids. Instead of merely being a superhero’s sidekick, imagine you could actually become a superhero.



Saturday, April 6 (Dubbed) – 4:15 pm

Monday, April 8 (Subtitled) – 7:30 pm

This month, we’re showcasing several of Studio Ghibli’s classic tales of magic, wonder, and human connection with DISPATCHES FROM THE DREAM FACTORY. Check out what else we have in store here. There may be no film that better captures the balance between how big and scary, yet also how wondrous, that the world can be than MY NEIGHBOR TOTORO.

Young sisters Satsuki and Mei move with their father to an old house in the country in order to be closer to their mother, who is in the hospital with a long-term illness. Almost immediately, the girls encounter all sorts of magical creatures, including the friendly, fuzzy Totoro, who provides aid and comfort to the girls during hard times.

From Studio Ghibli and master filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki, MY NEIGHBOR TOTORO is a film that is small in scale but epic in its emotional scope. Whether you’re seeing it for your first time or your fiftieth, this masterpiece is guaranteed to make your heart swell.



Saturday, April 6 – 6:30 pm

A young Englishwoman goes to the Hebrides to marry her older, wealthier fiancé. When the weather keeps them separated on different islands, she begins to have second thoughts.



Saturday, April 6 – 7 pm

Nothing tops a cocksure-as-ever Bruce Willis as a retired elite commando that’s been pulled out of retirement to defend the Earth from ABSOLUTE EVIL. But then we’ve got Gary Oldman in one of his wackiest performances ever, Chris Tucker in a rare non-RUSH HOUR role, and Milla Jovovich as an ass-kicking heroine/ultimate weapon of destruction.

So strap on your electric-orange suspenders, matching pageboy wig, and come prepared to LIVE the Skittle-colored action at this interactive celebration of director Luc Besson’s sci-fi joyride. With cap guns for shooting along, your very own (temporary) “Element” tattoo, and more! Guaranteed to be the most fun you can have this side of Fhloston Paradise! Just don’t forget your mul-tee-pass!


Fist City: FAST FIVE

Sunday, April 7 – 6 pm

If you’ve never seen a FAST & FURIOUS movie before, you may be thinking, “How will I possibly understand the intricacies of FAST FIVE’s expertly crafted plot or connect with its ensemble of dynamic characters?” Don’t be intimidated. If you’re with Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel), Olive Garden rules apply: when you’re here, you’re family.

FAST FIVE welcomes you into the world of Toretto’s crew, whether you’re a die-hard fan or merely furious-curious. Dom and his makeshift family (including Paul Walker, Gal Gadot, and Tyrese Gibson), are in Brazil with a plot to steal several million dollars. With a DSS agent (Dwayne Johnson) trying to catch them and a local crime lord trying to kill them, the crew is going to have to figure out how to survive by doing what they do best: driving cars really fast.



Saturday, April 13 (Dubbed) – 10 am

Monday, April 15 (Subtitled) – 7:30 pm

This month, we’re showcasing several of Studio Ghibli’s classic tales of magic, wonder, and human connection with DISPATCHES FROM THE DREAM FACTORY. Check out what else we have in store here. The ocean is full of wonders, teeming with creatures both beautiful and frightening. But none of them are quite like Ponyo, a goldfish-like creature who lives in an undersea realm run by Fujimoto, a formerly human wizard who has turned his back on mankind.

Yearning for freedom, she leaves her smaller sisters behind and escapes, eventually ending up on land where she meets Sosuke, a five year-old boy who instantly loves her. Director Hayao Miyazaki has always been adept at capturing the world through a child’s eyes, making audiences feel the awe and magic of discovery as the world opens itself up to his characters. In many ways, PONYO epitomizes that perspective.



Saturday, April 13 – 4 pm

Budding genius Aoyama is only in the 4th grade, but already lives his life like a scientist. When penguins start appearing in his sleepy suburb hundreds of miles from the sea, Aoyama vows to solve the mystery. When he finds the source of the penguins is a woman from his dentist’s office, they team up for an unforgettable summer adventure!


Champagne Cinema: SAY ANYTHING Movie Party

Saturday, April 13 – 7:30 pm

Come raise a boombox and/or glass to Lloyd Dobler. Sure, he might not have the preppy looks of Andrew McCarthy or the real genius of Val Kilmer, but Lloyd Dobler (John Cusack) is special. He wears a trench coat! He drives a blue Chevy Malibu! He kickboxes, which everyone knows is the sport of the future! He’s great with kids!

He watches COCOON with old people for goodness sake! And, as if all of those amazing qualities weren’t enough, here’s the kicker (literally): he will always, without fail, protect you from broken glass on the street. In other words, Lloyd Dobler is perfect. And at this Movie Party edition of Champagne Cinema, we’ll give him the celebration he deserves. Join us for a night of love, heartache, and, of course, songs about Joe. Keys will be collected, boom boxes will be provided, and pens will be given.


THE CRAZIES (With actress Lynn Lowry)

Saturday, April 13 – 9 pm

Thanks to our friends at EPCon, we are beyond excited to have Lynn Lowry live, and in person at our screening of THE CRAZIES (1973)! Come early to check out Lynn’s merchandise table and snag a pic and autograph! Its code name is “Trixie,” an experimental government germ weapon that leaves its victims either dead or irreversibly insane.

When the virus is accidentally unleashed in Evans City, Pennsylvania, the small community becomes a war zone of panicked military, desperate scientists and gentle neighbors turned homicidal maniacs. Now a small group of citizens has fled to the town’s outskirts where they must hide from trigger-happy soldiers while battling their own depraved urges. But even if they can escape the madness of this plague, can they survive the unstoppable violence of THE CRAZIES?


Afternoon Tea: GREAY GARDENS

Sunday, April 14 – 3 pm

High society dropouts and reclusive cousins of Jackie Onassis, mother and daughter Big and Little Edie live in a decaying mansion where they while away the days singing, dancing, and feeding loaves of Wonder Bread to the raccoons in their attic. However, the two manage to thrive together amid the decay and disorder of their East Hampton mansion, making for an eerily ramshackle echo of the American Camelot.

An impossibly intimate portrait, this 1975 documentary by the legendary Albert and David Maysles (GIMME SHELTER), co-directed by Ellen Hovde and Muffie Meyer, quickly became a cult classic and established Little Edie as a fashion icon and philosopher queen. Whether you’re new to this film or you know Little Edie’s philosophical musings by heart, don’t miss this opportunity to feast your eyes on this gorgeous restoration while savoring our tea and treat service.

Your tickets come with three servings of tea and a Pâté Finger Sandwich, Blue Cheese Cracked Pepper Croissant and Hazelnut Shortbread With Chocolate. Vegetarian option available.



Sunday, April 14 – 6 pm

This month, we’re showcasing several of Studio Ghibli’s classic tales of magic, wonder, and human connection with DISPATCHES FROM THE DREAM FACTORY. Check out what else we have in store here. All Seita and Setsuko have is each other. Set in Japan during WWII, GRAVE OF THE FIREFLIES follows these two siblings as they try to survive without their father, who is in the navy, and their mother, who dies tragically during an air raid.

As the oldest of the two, Seita bears a heavy burden, not only ensuring that his little sister has food and shelter, but also doing his best to keep the harsh reality of their lives from robbing her of her childhood. Be forewarned: though this may be an animated film about children, GRAVE OF THE FIREFLIES deals directly and unflinchingly with death and the horrors of war.

A beautiful, heartfelt, emotionally wrenching film from Studio Ghibli and director Isao Takahata (THE TALE OF THE PRINCESS KAGUYA), GRAVE OF THE FIREFLIES is an unforgettable film that, according to Roger Ebert, “belongs on any list of the greatest war films ever made.” You might want to bring some tissues to this one.


SELENA Movie Party

Tuesday, April 16; Friday, April 19; Saturday, April 20 7:30 pm

Sunday, April 21 – 6 pm

Come pay tribute to the legend with us. She was the “Queen of Tejano Music.” Tom Brokaw called her the “Madonna of Mexico.” But to so many of us, she was simply called Selena. Selena Quintanilla-Perez was an American singer, songwriter, spokesperson, actress, and fashion designer who, tragically, was taken from this world far too soon.

Join us for a special screening of the1997 film SELENA, starring Jennifer Lopez and Edward James Olmos. At this Movie Party celebration, we’ll provide themed props to use during the film, including a handy lyric sheet to make it easier to sing along (even if you already know the songs by heart). Also, don’t forget to arrive early for a custom pre-show completely dedicated to Selena with her music videos and rare, hard-to-find interviews.



Thursday, April 18 7:30 pm

Always look on the brighter side of life. Regardless of our religious beliefs, most of us know the story of the Messiah, born in a manger to a virgin mother who then grows up to become the savior of all mankind. This is not that story. No, this story is about another, relatively unexceptional, occasionally very naughty non-Messiah boy named Brian (Graham Chapman), who is born a few doors down.

As a grown man trying to lead a normal life, Brian finds himself in the terribly uncomfortable position of being worshipped as a Messiah. No matter how hard he tries, he can’t get people to stop believing in him, sending him on a series of adventures. And if that doesn’t sound wild enough on its own, remember that this is a Movie Party! So we’ll provide you with some fun props, including balloons to stone your neighbors, a Big Nose stress ball, and more, that’ll make you want to laugh and smile and dance and sing.



Saturday, April 20 (Dubbed) 10 am

Monday, April 22 (Subtitled) 7:30 pm

This month, we’re showcasing several of Studio Ghibli’s classic tales of magic, wonder, and human connection with DISPATCHES FROM THE DREAM FACTORY. Check out what else we have in store here. Moving to a new place can be difficult for anyone. Leaving behind familiar settings, favorite restaurants, and, most importantly, close friends requires a great deal of emotional courage regardless of one’s age.

In SPIRITED AWAY, director Hayao Miyazaki, with his usual insight and delicacy, explores this simple, deeply relatable human emotion and infuses it with wonder and magic.Full of mystery and spectacle, SPIRITED AWAY is a transcendently beautiful film about the fears and joys of discovering new places that will resonate with kids and grown-ups alike.


Free Victory Screening: ALL THAT JAZZ

Tuesday, April 23 7:30 pm

This screening is free for Alamo Victory members with the purchase of a $5 Food and Beverage voucher. Doesn’t that just make you want to *snap*… *snap*…. *snap*… *Fosse neck *…. *jazz hands*…. *KICK*?



Saturday, April 27 (Dubbed) 10 am

Monday, April 29 (Subtitled 7:30 pm

This month, we’re showcasing several of Studio Ghibli’s classic tales of magic, wonder, and human connection with DISPATCHES FROM THE DREAM FACTORY. Check out what else we have in store here. The transition into adulthood is an experience that is both fraught and exhilarating, full of mistakes, new adventures, and a burgeoning sense of self.

For young witches, this transition begins around the age of 13, when they leave their home and go off to a new town to develop their magical abilities and build their self-confidence.Tranquil but never dull, simple but never slight, KIKI’S DELIVERY SERVICE is a shining example of writer/director Hayao Miyazaki’s singular brilliance: his ability to create stories that are full of conflict and adventure while also championing peace, serenity, and human fellowship.



Tuesday, April 30 7:30 pm

This month, we’re showcasing several of Studio Ghibli’s classic tales of magic, wonder, and human connection with DISPATCHES FROM THE DREAM FACTORY. Check out what else we have in store here. Prince Ashitaka lives a peaceful life in his small village. But that tranquility is brought to an abrupt, violent end when a ravenous boar god attacks his home. Ashitaka kills the boar, but not before his right arm is corrupted by the mysterious creature.

The corruption gives him superhuman strength, but it is also destined to consume the rest of his body and eventually kill him. Though this may sound like a classic tale of good against evil, director Hayao Miyazaki (SPIRITED AWAY) is far too empathetic a storyteller to make things so simple. He labors to ensure that we see and understand the motivations of all the characters who are caught up in this battle, resulting in a nuanced adventure that’s as moving as it is thrilling.

Director-Actor Ethan Hawke Brings ‘Blaze’ to Alamo Drafthouse Cinema Montecillo

Blaze is the true-life story of the underappreciated Texas outlaw-country singer-songwriter Blaze Foley.

Actor-director-writer and fellow-Texan Ethan Hawke will bring his film to Alamo Drafthouse Cinema Montecillo for special screenings at 7pm and 8pm on Tuesday, August 28, 2018.

Hawke, along with the film’s star Ben Dickey, will take questions in person from the audience in a Q&A session moderated by Charles Horak, host of KTEP-FM 88.5’s On Film. Hawke directed and co-wrote Blaze with Foley’s former partner Sybil Rosen.

Blaze stars musician and first-time actor Ben Dickey as the troubled but talented singer-songwriter. Dickey’s portrayal has been acclaimed for his breakout performance.

Blaze premiered earlier this year at the Sundance Film Festival where Dickey won the Special Jury Award for Achievement in Acting. Dickey stars alongside Alia Shawkat (ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT), Charlie Sexton, Josh Hamilton, Richard Linklater, Alynda Lee Segarra, Sam Rockwell, Steve Zahn and Kris Kristofferson.

The film is based on Rosen’s memoir Living in the Woods in a Tree: Remembering Blaze Foley.

Blaze Foley was an unsung songwriting legend of the Texas outlaw music movement whose unique artistic contributions gave rise to the likes of Merle Haggard and Willie Nelson and inspired both John Prine and Lucinda Williams.

Loosely guided by the narrative of Foley cohort and co-conspirator, Townes Van Zandt, played by Bob Dylan band guitarist Charlie Sexton, the film weaves together three different periods of time, conflating Blaze’s past, present and future in a poignant exploration of his love affair with Rosen, played by Shawkat.

Featuring an ensemble cast of inspired performers, the film explores the uniquely American art of storytelling through renditions of the Blaze Foley songbook, and examines the impact of both his art and his untimely death on his fans, friends, and collaborators.

Tickets are on sale now, and can be bought by clicking here.

Teacher Appreciation Week at Alamo Drafthouse Montecillo Means Free Movies for Educators

Spring Break 2018 is here and so is Teacher Appreciation Week at Alamo Drafthouse Cinema Montecillo.

From Friday, March 9, through Sunday March 18, educators, faculty members, administrators and school employees receive free admission at Alamo Drafthouse Cinema Montecillo.

“Alamo Drafthouse Cinema Montecillo is honored to celebrate all of the hard work and dedication that educators, administrators and school employees give to students in El Paso,” said Analiza Guzman, Creative Manager at Alamo Drafthouse Montecillo. “Nobody deserves a relaxing Spring Break more than our educators, so we’re excited to welcome them with the Alamo experience.”

Preschool, elementary, high school and university employees can bring a current ID or other proof of employment to our box office to redeem their free ticket. Homeschooling parents may bring documentation that shows they are teachers, too.

Free tickets must be for a screening on the day the guest visits the theater. Special events with a ticket price of $12 or less are eligible for this offer.

The offer may be used for one free ticket per screening, and the tickets must be redeemed in person at the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema Montecillo box office; tickets may not be purchased online.

All shows are for ages 6 and up unless otherwise stated on the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema website.

Officials add, however, that the screenings of PRETTY GUARDIAN SAILOR MOON: THE MUSICAL, on Saturday, March 10; and Afternoon Tea: BELLE, on Sunday, March 18, are not eligible for this offer.

Video: Alamo Drafthouse Announces Brand New-Menu Items

On Thurday, the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema Montecillo  rolled out the red carpet for a stellar group of new menu items, with a focus on made-from-scratch, fresh ingredients and adding variety.

“We are passionate about food and offer movie lovers so much more than just popcorn and candy,” said Enrique Gonzalez, Kitchen Manager and Chef at Alamo Drafthouse Cinema Montecillo. “With over 15 new made-from-scratch menu items we want El Pasoans to realize they can have a first-class restaurant experience while they enjoy a Hollywood blockbuster or our signature programming on the big screen.”

New appetizers like Avocado Hummus and Steak and Cheese Egg Rolls will play a supporting role to new marquee headliners like the Grilled Steak Salad, Flautas, all day Breakfast Tacos, a Banh Mi Sandwich and Buffalo Chicken Pizza. New vegetarian menu items include an Arugula & Ricotta Pizza and Mango Quesadillas.

Other new menu items debuting include Korean Tacos, a Ribeye Steak Sandwich and newly improved Chicken Tenders hand-breaded in buttermilk batter.

The new menu premieres on Friday, October 27, 2017 and can be enjoyed in-theater during all films or at the Alamo Drafthouse’s adjacent bar – The Glass Half Full.

Make plans to visit Alamo Drafthouse and try all the new menu items.

Check out our video and pictures of all this delicious food!!



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Alamo Drafthouse Announces June 2017 Film Club Line Up

From the heights of space to the depths of mental illness, Alamo Drafthouse Cinema-Montecillo has announced the line-up for its June 2017 Film Club.

Alamo officials say, “For twenty years, the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema has existed in service of film. Alamo Drafthouse Film Club is a reflection of that history and our continuing commitment to sharing the independent, classic and international films we love with audiences everywhere.”

Every Wednesday night in June there will be a different independent, art house, foreign or documentary film. After the screening, there will be an optional group discussion where you can share your opinion and hear your fellow audience members’ thoughts on the movie you just watched.

Tickets are $5 and can be purchased here.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017


Ten years after retirement from a career as a professional athlete, Kenny Anderson finds that basketball is easy, it’s life that’s hard. Still reeling from his mother’s death, the former New York City high-school prodigy and NBA All-Star loses a cherished coaching position, sending him into a midlife crisis.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017


Based on the true story of Olga Hepnarova, the last woman to be executed in Czechoslovakia, this harrowing film explores what could transform a lonely, young woman into a terrorist.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017


This Brazilian film follows Dr. Nise de Silveira, a doctor who starts a medical revolution when she dares treat  mental illness with love and the arts.  

El Paso’s Alamo Drafthouse Nearing Completion

Only two hundred yards, a large hill and several decades separate the location of West El Paso’s first theater – the Fiesta Drive-In – and the newest: Alamo Drafthouse El Paso.

On Thursday, members of the media and invited guests were granted access to the nearly-completed structure for an update on what’s sure to be the most talked-about addition to the city’s cinema scene.

From the very first conversion of a classic movie theater in Austin, to the on-going construction in El Paso and other locations, Alamo looks to make sure the guest is served with out interfering with the enjoyment of the films.

IMAG0552The eight screen movie house is going up just across Mesa Street from the Venue at Monticillo, the somewhat new apartments and retail complex completed a couple years back.

With cement trucks, graders and construction workers swarming the worksite, the state-of-the-art facility dominates the lot, nestled in the foothills of the Franklin Mountains.

Robert Saucedo, Programming Director for Alamo Drafthouse El Paso, says the construction phase has gone quicker than expected. “It’s been really smooth, really quick thanks to the crews we have here…we’ve been able to move right on schedule…it’s great.”

Marketing and Brand Manager Dustin McMillian says that the excitement and anticipation of the theater opening has been unique, with interested residents not only bombarding their website and Facebook page with question, but seemingly everywhere else as well.

McMillian says “People are very excited about us opening…we get stopped at the hotel check in, the trailer office out front…everywhere…and they are asking when we’ll open.” While the crew cannot give a specific date, McMillan shares they are shooting for early May – right in time for the Summer Blockbuster season.

Projection Floor

As we walked through the projection bays – all interconnected and stretching the length of the upper floor of the theater, Saucedo says the technology inside the theaters is only the start of the differences between Alamo and other theaters.

“Here we have everything from 35mm reel-to-reel projectors, to 4k digital and even old-school VHS-compatible projectors that allow us to play the widest selection of movies, allowing us to cater to the movie fans of any genre and format.”

As we walk through the massive open space, the only other structure on the floor is the server room, where the beating heart of the complex will be located.

Amid scaffolding and bare walls, Oscar Garza –  the theater’s Creative Associate – can already see the movies and what Borderland movie buffs are getting at his theater; his excitement rising above the din of the hammers and saws.

“Sharing the movies we love,” Garza states with a wide smile, “that and the great experience – a different experience for movie fans here in El Paso.”

Aside from the Hollywood blockbusters and limited run screenings, Saucedo says the events that Alamo builds around specific genres and films will also elevate the normal, movie-going experience.

“For example, one of the first events we’re going to be hosting is the ‘Big Trouble in Little China‘ Party…it’s a movie everyone loves and knows and quotes, and we take it and make it an interactive, fun event,” Saucedo says.

Saucedo add that fans of the film will be handed small capguns to participate in the shootouts, as well as glowsticks and rings to imitate the villains in the film; all adding to the experience.  From screenings of the Japanese anime classic ‘Akira‘ to the 30th Anniversary of ‘Aliens‘ the Drafthouse will cater to the entire spectrum of movie lovers.

Theater entrance & bar

As we made our way to the main floor where the auditoriums are housed, McMillian and Saucedo point out the unique features of the Drafthouse.  From craft beers and in-theater ordering and delivery of snacks and meals, each theater is designed with the movie viewer in mind.

“We’re hiring over 200 people for our theater, so we can start with a full staff and then some,” McMillian shares, “it’s all to  makes sure that they all get the proper, complete training and so our guests have the best experience from day one.”

And the experience is the key for enjoying the films; the smallest of the auditoriums holds 30 people, the largest 140.  While those numbers may seem small when compared to the “normal” theaters, both the feel and the experience are premium.

Theater interior

McMillian says, “While most megaplexes hold 400 to 600 people, the idea of serving a full meal in 20 minutes…it’s just not possible….what we’ve done here – keeping our largest theater at 140 seats – enhances our guest’s enjoyment of the movies and the meals.

In addition to the delivery of the food to the seats, movie goers will also enjoy the films thanks to Alamo’s movie viewing rules. The chain strictly enforces the ‘no talking during the movie rule’ as well as the ‘no cell phone use’ rule.  Saucedo says they are not above stopping the film until the offenders leave the theater.

“We’re very strict with our rules, and most people know that coming  in,” Saucedo says, “if people want to use their phones and talk during the movie, we’re not the theater for them.”

The chain also does not allow unaccompanied children into the movies, nor do they allow babies – except during specific “baby day” screenings.

Overall, Saucedo and his crew are just as excited as the scores of El Pasoans who have made their way to the nearly-completed complex. And opening day cannot come soon enough.

“Summer’s a great time to open…(because) there’s all movies memories that are waiting to be made…and we’re just excited to be part of helping El Pasoans make those memories.”

For more information on the Alamo Drafthouse Chain, click HERE, for specific information on the Alamo Drafthouse El Paso, click HERE.

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